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    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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November 11, 2011 - Share the Wealth

By William E. Richardson

“The Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure that a man discovered hidden in a field. In his excitement, he hid it again and sold everything he owned to get enough money to buy the field” (Matthew 13:44, NLT).

The disciple Matthew understood. He preserved Jesus’ analogy of discovering treasure, and he demonstrated what it meant. He tells us in his own words:

“As Jesus was walking along, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at his tax collector’s booth. ‘Follow me and be my disciple,’ Jesus said to him. So Matthew got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9).

If Matthew cared only about material wealth, he would have kept his lucrative job. Jewish tax collectors extracted what Rome demanded from their fellow Jews; often, they lined their cloaks with as much extra as they wanted.

Matthew walked away from all that. He’d found a greater treasure. One that lasts. One worth trading everything to obtain.

If Matthew had served Rome by ripping off his fellow countrymen, his only friends would have been other tax collectors. According to his testimony, Matthew hosted a supper for Jesus, to which he invited his friends (Matthew 9:10). He gave them an opportunity to also discover the treasure greater than the one they lived for.

Matthew made two wise choices. He chose treasure in heaven that can’t be harmed by moths, rust or thieves (Matthew 6:20). He then chose to stop hoarding his wealth and start sharing it. He introduced his friends to the treasure-giver, then told all others who would listen by writing the Gospel bearing his name.

Lord, please help those of us today who’ve traded up for the eternal treasure to be more like Matthew at sharing it with those around us.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.

 

 

 

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